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Galway wants to open Ireland's first 'penguinarium' so penguins can "hang out"


WHO FROM THE West of Ireland has not petted a big fish at Galway Atlantaquaria at some point?

Future visits are set to become even better because: Penguins.

The Connacht Tribune reports that the owners of the aquarium are planning an extension to the building in Salthill which will include a special area dedicated to penguins.

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The penguinarium has been on the table for a while now – in 2010, Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cúiv had to defend his plans to give €672,500 in state funds to the project.

Galway City Cllr Donal Lyons has said that a place where penguins could “hang out” (his words) would work with the zoning of the area:

Tourism is very important to the business community in Salthill and this initiative is an excellent opportunity to complement the existing tourist related activities in the area.


We’re not fluent in political jargon, but what we think he’s saying is: Penguins are good for business and good for everyone. Bring us the penguins.

Penguins in Galway. Whatever next?

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